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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735100/attention-modulates-specific-motor-cortical-circuits-recruited-by-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation
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J L Mirdamadi, L Y Suzuki, S K Meehan
Skilled performance and acquisition is dependent upon afferent input to motor cortex. The present study used short-latency afferent inhibition (SAI) to probe how manipulation of sensory afference by attention affects different circuits projecting to pyramidal tract neurons in motor cortex. SAI was assessed in the first dorsal interosseous muscle while participants performed a low or high attention demanding visual detection task. SAI was evoked by preceding a suprathreshold transcranial magnetic stimulus with electrical stimulation of the median nerve at the wrist...
July 19, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734834/dynein-binds-and-stimulates-axonal-motility-of-the-endosome-adaptor-and-neep21-family-member-calcyon
#2
Liang Shi, Nagendran Muthusamy, Deanna Smith, Clare Bergson
The neuron-enriched, endosomal protein Calcyon (Caly) regulates endocytosis and vesicle sorting, and is important for synaptic plasticity and brain development. In the current investigation of Caly interacting proteins in brain, the microtubule retrograde motor subunit, cytoplasmic dynein 1 heavy chain (DYNC1H), and microtubule structural proteins, α and β tubulin, were identified as Caly associated proteins by MALDI-ToF/ToF. Direct interaction of the Caly-C terminus with dynein and tubulin was further confirmed in in vitro studies...
July 19, 2017: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729609/maternally-transmitted-microbiota-affects-odor-emission-and-preference-in-drosophila-larva
#3
Jean-Pierre Farine, Wafa Habbachi, Jérôme Cortot, Suzy Roche, Jean-François Ferveur
Experimental studies show that early sensory experience often affects subsequent sensory preference, suggesting that the heterogeneity of sensory cues in nature could induce significant inter-individual behavioral variation, potentially contributing to maintain intraspecific diversity. To test this hypothesis, we explored the behavioral effect induced by variation in the levels of a self-produced chemical, acetoin, and its link with intraspecific diversity. Acetoin is a pheromone-like substance produced by gut-associated microorganisms in Drosophila...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724776/inhibitory-circuits-of-the-mammalian-main-olfactory-bulb
#4
Shawn D Burton
Synaptic inhibition critically influences sensory processing throughout the mammalian brain, including the main olfactory bulb (MOB), the first station of sensory processing in the olfactory system. Decades of research across numerous laboratories have established a central role for granule cells (GCs), the most abundant GABAergic interneuron type in the MOB, in the precise regulation of principal mitral and tufted cell (M/TC) firing rates and synchrony through lateral and recurrent inhibitory mechanisms. In addition to GCs, however, the MOB contains a vast diversity of other GABAergic interneuron types, and recent findings suggest that, while fewer in number, these oft-ignored interneurons are just as important as GCs in shaping odor-evoked M/TC activity...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722023/potential-involvement-of-impaired-bkca-channel-function-in-sensory-defensiveness-and-some-behavioral-disturbances-induced-by-unfamiliar-environment-in-a-mouse-model-of-fxs
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Maria Isabel Carreno-Munoz, Fabienne Martins, Maria Carmen Medrano, Elisabetta Aloisi, Susanna Pietropaolo, Corentin Dechaud, Enejda Subashi, Guillaume Bony, Melanie Ginger, Abdelmalik Moujahid, Andreas Frick, Xavier Leinekugel
In Fragile X Syndrome (FXS), sensory-hypersensitivity and impaired habituation is thought to result in attention overload and various behavioral abnormalities in reaction to the excessive and remanent salience of environment-features that would normally be ignored. This phenomenon, termed sensory defensiveness, has been proposed as the potential cause of hyperactivity, hyperarousal, and negative reactions to changes in routine that are often deleterious for FXS patients. However, the lack of tools for manipulating sensory-hypersensitivity has not allowed the experimental testing required to evaluate the relevance of this hypothesis...
July 19, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720803/contingent-sounds-change-the-mental-representation-of-one-s-finger-length
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Ana Tajadura-Jiménez, Maria Vakali, Merle T Fairhurst, Alisa Mandrigin, Nadia Bianchi-Berthouze, Ophelia Deroy
Mental body-representations are highly plastic and can be modified after brief exposure to unexpected sensory feedback. While the role of vision, touch and proprioception in shaping body-representations has been highlighted by many studies, the auditory influences on mental body-representations remain poorly understood. Changes in body-representations by the manipulation of natural sounds produced when one's body impacts on surfaces have recently been evidenced. But will these changes also occur with non-naturalistic sounds, which provide no information about the impact produced by or on the body? Drawing on the well-documented capacity of dynamic changes in pitch to elicit impressions of motion along the vertical plane and of changes in object size, we asked participants to pull on their right index fingertip with their left hand while they were presented with brief sounds of rising, falling or constant pitches, and in the absence of visual information of their hands...
July 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720404/role-of-spatial-contiguity-in-sensory-preconditioning-with-humans
#7
Charlotte Renaux, Vinca Rivière, Paul Craddock, Ralph R Miller
The present study demonstrates the contribution of spatial contiguity in the formation of associations between two neutral stimuli. Using human participants, we used visual conditioned stimuli (CSs) in a sensory preconditioning design in which simultaneous CS2-CS1 pairings and CS4-CS3 pairings were interspersed during Phase 1, followed by sequential CS1-US+ (i.e., CS1-pleasant US) and CS3-US-(-) (i.e., CS3-unpleasant US) pairings during Phase 2. The conditioned response was a shift in the gaze of the participants to the location where the US+ (i...
July 15, 2017: Behavioural Processes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716951/a-calcium-diacylglycerol-stimulated-protein-kinase-c-c-elegans-pkc-2-links-thermal-signals-to-learned-behavior-by-acting-in-a-sensory-neuron-and-intestinal-cells
#8
Marianne Land, Charles S Rubin
Ca(2+) and diacylglycerol (DAG) activated protein kinase C (cPKC) promotes learning and behavioral plasticity. However, knowledge of in vivo regulation and exact functions of cPKCs that affect behavior is limited. We show that PKC-2, a C. elegans cPKC, is essential for a complex behavior, thermotaxis. C. elegans memorizes a nutrient-associated cultivation temperature (Tc) and migrates along Tc within a 17-25°C gradient. pkc-2 gene disruption abrogated thermotaxis; a PKC-2 transgene, driven by endogenous pkc-2 promoters, restored thermotaxis behavior in pkc-2(-/-) animals...
July 17, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716932/body-ownership-determines-the-attenuation-of-self-generated-tactile-sensations
#9
Konstantina Kilteni, H Henrik Ehrsson
Self-perception depends on the brain's abilities to differentiate our body from the environment and to distinguish between the sensations generated as a consequence of voluntary movement and those arising from events in the external world. The first process refers to the sense of ownership of our body and relies on the dynamic integration of multisensory (afferent) signals. The second process depends on internal forward models that use (efferent) information from our motor commands to predict and attenuate the sensory consequences of our movements...
July 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713254/short-term-effects-of-thoracic-spine-manipulation-on-the-biomechanical-organisation-of-gait-initiation-a-randomized-pilot-study
#10
Sébastien Ditcharles, Eric Yiou, Arnaud Delafontaine, Alain Hamaoui
Speed performance during gait initiation is known to be dependent on the capacity of the central nervous system to generate efficient anticipatory postural adjustments (APA). According to the posturo-kinetic capacity (PKC) concept, any factor enhancing postural chain mobility and especially spine mobility, may facilitate the development of APA and thus speed performance. "Spinal Manipulative Therapy High-Velocity, Low-Amplitude" (SMT-HVLA) is a healing technique applied to the spine which is routinely used by healthcare practitioners to improve spine mobility...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706780/neurosensory-evaluation-of-inferior-alveolar-nerve-after-bilateral-sagittal-split-ramus-osteotomy-of-mandible
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P G Antony, Aneesh Sebastian, K George Varghese, C R Sobhana, S Mohan, C S Soumithran, Shiney Domnic, N Jayakumar
Mandibular skeletal deformities are mostly corrected by Sagittal Split Ramus Osteotomy. One of the main complications of Bilateral Sagittal Split Ramus Osteotomy is impairement of sensory function of Inferior Alveolar Nerve. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the occurrence of neurosensory disturbance by comparing the subjective and objective assessment of neurosensory responses after bilateral sagittal split ramus osteotomy.To assess the progress of recovery from the first post operative day till six months...
May 2017: Journal of Oral Biology and Craniofacial Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701936/an-adaptation-induced-repulsion-illusion-in-tactile-spatial-perception
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Lux Li, Arielle Chan, Shah M Iqbal, Daniel Goldreich
Following focal sensory adaptation, the perceived separation between visual stimuli that straddle the adapted region is often exaggerated. For instance, in the tilt aftereffect illusion, adaptation to tilted lines causes subsequently viewed lines with nearby orientations to be perceptually repelled from the adapted orientation. Repulsion illusions in the nonvisual senses have been less studied. Here, we investigated whether adaptation induces a repulsion illusion in tactile spatial perception. In a two-interval forced-choice task, participants compared the perceived separation between two point-stimuli applied on the forearms successively...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700108/gpr88-in-a2a-receptor-expressing-neurons-modulates-locomotor-response-to-dopamine-agonists-but-not-sensorimotor-gating
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A C Meirsman, A de Kerchove d'Exaerde, B L Kieffer, A M Ouagazzal
The orphan receptor, GPR88, is emerging as a key player in the pathophysiology of several neuropsychiatric diseases, including psychotic disorders. Knockout (KO) mice lacking GPR88 throughout the brain exhibit many abnormalities relevant to schizophrenia including locomotor hyperactivity, behavioral hypersensitivity to dopaminergic psychostimulants and deficient sensorimotor gating. Here, we used conditional knockout (cKO) mice lacking GPR88 selectively in striatal medium spiny neurons expressing A2A receptor to determine neuronal circuits underlying these phenotypes...
July 12, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696370/strategies-for-pathogen-biocontrol-using-lactic-acid-bacteria-and-their-metabolites-a-focus-on-meat-ecosystems-and-industrial-environments
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Patricia Castellano, Mariana Pérez Ibarreche, Mariana Blanco Massani, Cecilia Fontana, Graciela M Vignolo
The globalization of trade and lifestyle ensure that the factors responsible for the emergence of diseases are more present than ever. Despite biotechnology advancements, meat-based foods are still under scrutiny because of the presence of pathogens, which causes a loss of consumer confidence and consequently a fall in demand. In this context, Lactic Acid Bacteria (LAB) as GRAS organisms offer an alternative for developing pathogen-free foods, particularly avoiding Listeria monocytogenes, with minimal processing and fewer additives while maintaining the foods' sensorial characteristics...
July 11, 2017: Microorganisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695480/finger-attachment-device-for-the-feedback-of-gripping-and-pulling-force-in-a-manipulating-system-for-brain-tumor-resection
#15
Hiroyuki Chinbe, Takeshi Yoneyama, Tetsuyou Watanabe, Katsuyoshi Miyashita, Mitsutoshi Nakada
PURPOSE: Development and evaluation of an effective attachment device for a bilateral brain tumor resection robotic surgery system based on the sensory performance of the human index finger in order to precisely detect gripping- and pulling-force feedback. METHODS: First, a basic test was conducted to investigate the performance of the human index finger in the gripping- and pulling-force feedback system. Based on the test result, a new finger-attachment device was designed and constructed...
July 10, 2017: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686607/cerebellar-anodal-tdcs-increases-implicit-learning-when-strategic-re-aiming-is-suppressed-in-sensorimotor-adaptation
#16
Li-Ann Leow, Welber Marinovic, Stephan Riek, Timothy J Carroll
Neurophysiological and neuroimaging work suggests that the cerebellum is critically involved in sensorimotor adaptation. Changes in cerebellar function alter behaviour when compensating for sensorimotor perturbations, as shown by non-invasive stimulation of the cerebellum and studies involving patients with cerebellar degeneration. It is known, however, that behavioural responses to sensorimotor perturbations reflect both explicit processes (such as volitional aiming to one side of a target to counteract a rotation of visual feedback) and implicit, error-driven updating of sensorimotor maps...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683271/distinct-roles-for-the-amygdala-and-orbitofrontal-cortex-in-representing-the-relative-amount-of-expected-reward
#17
Rebecca A Saez, Alexandre Saez, Joseph J Paton, Brian Lau, C Daniel Salzman
The same reward can possess different motivational meaning depending upon its magnitude relative to other rewards. To study the neurophysiological mechanisms mediating assignment of motivational meaning, we recorded the activity of neurons in the amygdala and orbitofrontal cortex (OFC) of monkeys during a Pavlovian task in which the relative amount of liquid reward associated with one conditioned stimulus (CS) was manipulated by changing the reward amount associated with a second CS. Anticipatory licking tracked relative reward magnitude, implying that monkeys integrated information about recent rewards to adjust the motivational meaning of a CS...
July 5, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676268/a-short-cut-to-the-past-cueing-via-concrete-objects-improves-autobiographical-memory-retrieval-in-alzheimer-s-disease-patients
#18
Marie Kirk, Dorthe Berntsen
Older adults diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease (AD) have difficulties accessing autobiographical memories. However, this deficit tends to spare memories dated to earlier parts of their lives, and may partially reflect retrieval deficits rather than complete memory loss. Introducing a novel paradigm, the present study examines whether autobiographical memory recall can be improved in AD by manipulating the sensory richness, concreteness and cultural dating of the memory cues. Specifically, we examine whether concrete everyday objects historically dated to the participants' youth (e...
July 1, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669915/magnetic-resonance-imaging-of-odorant-activity-dependent-migration-of-neural-precursor-cells-and-olfactory-bulb-growth
#19
Nikorn Pothayee, Diana M Cummings, Timothy J Schoenfeld, Stephen Dodd, Heather A Cameron, Leonardo Belluscio, Alan P Koretsky
Neural progenitors or neuroblasts are produced by precursor cells in the subventricular zone (SVZ) and migrate along the rostral migratory stream (RMS) to the olfactory bulbs (OB) throughout life. In the OB, these adult born neurons either die or replace existing olfactory interneurons, playing a critical role in the stabilization of OB circuitry. Although several aspects of the addition of new neurons into the OB have been studied, it is unclear whether long-distance activity from the OB can regulate the influx of migrating neuroblasts along the RMS...
June 30, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28660244/systemic-nicotine-increases-gain-and-narrows-receptive-fields-in-a1-via-integrated-cortical-and-subcortical-actions
#20
Caitlin Askew, Irakli Intskirveli, Raju Metherate
Nicotine enhances sensory and cognitive processing via actions at nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs), yet the precise circuit- and systems-level mechanisms remain unclear. In sensory cortex, nicotinic modulation of receptive fields (RFs) provides a model to probe mechanisms by which nAChRs regulate cortical circuits. Here, we examine RF modulation in mouse primary auditory cortex (A1) using a novel electrophysiological approach: current-source density (CSD) analysis of responses to tone-in-notched-noise (TINN) acoustic stimuli...
May 2017: ENeuro
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